Voters in various suburban communities in Jackson and Cass counties cast ballots Tuesday to choose an array of municipal leaders.
New mayors were elected in Raytown and Harrisonville.
David Bower opted not to seek another term as mayor, and Michael McDonough defeated Ward 4 Alderman Pat Ertz in the race to replace him. McDonough garnered 57 percent of the vote, compared with 43 percent for Ertz.
In Ward 1, Karen Black defeated incumbent Joe Creamer and Greg Walters. Black received 38 percent, while Walters captured 35 percent and Creamer got 27 percent.
In Ward 2, longtime Alderman Jim Aziere cruised to victory by defeating Steve Guenther and Chris Rathbone. Aziere got 53 percent, with 33 percent going to Guenther and 14 percent to Rathbone.
In Ward 3, Mark Moore successfully pushed back challenges from Ryan Myers and Sterling Brown. Moore, who received 46 percent, replaces longtime Alderwoman Charlotte Melson. Myers got 44 percent, while Brown garnered 9 percent.
In Ward 4, Steve Meyers captured the vacancy created by Ertz when he decided to run for mayor. Meyers won 52 percent, compared to 48 percent for Mary Jane Van Buskirk.
In Ward 5, Eric Teeman defeated Barry Park in a race between two political newcomers. Teeman received 58 percent and Park 41 percent.
In Ward 1, Debbie Bibbs defeated incumbent Alderman Michael Allen and Kim Graves. Bibbs got 51 percent, compared to 24 percent for Allen and 24 percent for Graves.
In Ward 3, incumbent Alderman John T. Maloney easily held back a challenge from Jessica Wilson. Maloney received 80 percent and Wilson captured 20 percent.
In the race for mayor, Brian Hasek defeated Ward 1 Alderman Doug Meyer. Hasek, who got 57 percent, will replace 14-year incumbent Kevin Wood. Meyer received 43 percent.
In Ward 1, Judy Bowman defeated Brad Bockelman to replace Meyer, who ran for mayor. Bowman received 57 percent of the vote, compared with Bockelman’s 43 percent.
In Ward 2, voters chose incumbent Marcia Milner over Cindy Tompkins. Milner captured 60 percent and Tompkins 40 percent.
In Ward 3, Clint Long defeated incumbent Bret Reece. Long received 40 percent, Reece 32 percent and Gary Kidd 28 percent.
Voters in Ward 4 elected Josh Stafford over Kara Wilson. Both were vying for the seat vacated by Bret Brown. Stafford got 53 percent, and Wilson received 47 percent.
Voters re-elected two incumbents for seats on the City Council.
In Ward 2, Joseph Burke III received 61 percent, while Thomas Circo captured 39 percent.
In Ward 3, Kevin Barber captured 75 percent, while Jennifer Boxberger received 25 percent.
In Ward 4, incumbent Charlene Hubach received 52 percent of the vote, with John Berendzen receiving 48 percent.
In the campaign to represent Ward 2, Dean Van Winkle defeated Josh Burnett. Van Winkle captured 79 percent of the vote versus 20 percent for Burnett. The winner will fill the vacancy created when the incumbent, former Cass County Circuit Court Judge Jacqueline Cook, decided not to seek another term.
In Ward 3, Bob Newell was elected to replace Everett Loughridge, who choose not to seek another term. Newell got 63 percent of the vote, compared to 37 percent received by challenger Bill Rosser.